1914: Big Battle at Exposition Park

A MIDNIGHT BASEBALL GAME
Teams Are Ready for the Big Battle at Exposition Park.

Both Sides Confident of Victory – Van Dycks Slightly Favorites

June 20, 1914, Daily News-Miner

Tomorrow night at 11 o’clock when the Van Dycks and Marquettes line up on the diamond at Exposition park for the annual midnight game, there is going to be a battle royal.   The only place on earth where a midnight ball game is played is right here in the little old town of Fairbanks in the heart of Alaska, half of degree south of the Arctic circle.  The custom originated here many years ago and is faithfully observed.

In this manner Fairbanks will formally begin the celebration of its annual Festival of the Midnight Sun, marking the longest day in the solar year.

The Van Dycks will have the same lineup as they played with last Sunday, and it is difficult to see where they could easily improve it.  This lineup is as follows:

Logan, p; Woods, c; Parks, 1b; Rickert, 2b; Pauli, 3b; Frank Wood, ss; Cathcart, rf; Clausen, cf; Carr, lf.

Marquettes – Pauli and McMullen, p; White, c; Koon, 1b; Traxel, 2b; Kennedy, 3b; Bennett, ss; Judkins, lf; Meyers, cf; Buckley, rf; Walker, sub.

Manager Geis said this afternoon that even this lineup might be slightly changed before the game was called.  He said further that he was going to favor the double umpire system tomorrow night, one for bases and one for the battery.

Seven years ago tomorrow night the midnight ball game the Tanana Commercial Club won by a score of 2 to 1, the score being tied in the eight inning.   Bob Geis was playing with the T.C.’s.

Today the use of new material by Manager Geis in the Marquette team has rendered a guess at the outcome of the game very uncertain as it is hard to say how they will work together.  However, the Van Dycks seem to have a shade the best of it in the local betting, due to their previous victories and the fact that the same teams still hangs together.   Admission to the game will be 50 cents.

At the ball grounds, as previously stated, the beautiful rose bush brought from the Portland Rose Carnival for to be presented to Queen Anita Nordale, who will attend with her court.

After the ball game and rose presentation there will be no more normal doings in the Festival on the Midnight Sun until Monday afternoon when the Native Sons and Daughters will give their program at the Auditorium.  That will be free.   Immediately afterward street masquerading will be the thing and the big time will be on in earnest.  At 8 o’clock the grand parade takes place on the downtown streets and will be a hummer.  Then the real humming will begin.  Both the Auditorium and Eagle halls will be opened for dancing and everybody is invited to dance as long and as hard as they like in remembrance of the longest day in the year with the peculiar sentiment it holds for the far North.

June 20, 1914, Daily News-Miner

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